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Board on Science Education
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

BOSE Recent Events

Authentic STEM Learning for Computing/Technology

November 4, 2019
National Academies' Keck Center, Room 100
500 5th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Authentic Stem Workshop Image´╗┐The workshop will illustrate the various ways in which stakeholders define and conceptualize authentic STEM learning opportunities for young people in grades K-12 in formal and informal settings, and what that means for the goals, design, and implementation of such experiences. Presenters will unpack the state of the evidence on the role of authentic STEM learning opportunities and promising approaches and strategies in the development of interest and competencies for technology and computing fields. A recurring theme throughout the workshop will be implications for increasing diversity and access to authentic STEM learning experiences among under served young people.

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BOSE Recent Reports

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Science Activation Cover ImageThis consensus study report from the Board on Science Education assesses the Science Activation (SciAct) program at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and provides recommendations to enhance NASA's efforts through the SciAct program. The SciAct program was created to increase the overall coherence of education programs at NASA and is now transitioning into its second round of funding. NASA asked the National Academies to review the program’s portfolio and identify opportunities for improvement.

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Increasing Student Success in Developmental Mathematics: Proceedings of a Workshop 

Developmental Mathematics CoverThe Board on Science Education and the Board on Mathematical Sciences and Analytics of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened the Workshop on Increasing Student Success in Developmental Mathematics. The Workshop explored how to best support all students in postsecondary mathematics, with particular attention to students who are unsuccessful in developmental mathematics and with an eye toward issues of access to promising reforms and equitable learning environments. This publication summarizes the presentations and discussion of the workshop.

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Science and Engineering for Grades 6-12: Investigation and Design at the Center

Science InvestigationsLReleased in November 2018, this report from the Board on Science Education and the National Academy of Engineering describes evidence-based ways that teaching and learning can shift toward science investigations and engineering design to help realize a new vision of teaching and learning in the classroom.

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Learning Through Citizen Science: Enhancing Opportunities by Design

Citizen Science CoverReleased in November 2018, from the Board on Science Education, this report says that citizen science is uniquely positioned to support participants' learning about science. The report identifies ways that citizen science projects can be designed to effectively support learning. Citizen science has blossomed as a way to engage a broad range of individuals in doing science. Citizen science projects focus on "nonscientists" participating in the processes of scientific research, with the goal of advancing and using scientific knowledge. These projects enlist individuals and communities in a wide range of science-related endeavors, from counting particular species in the environment to monitoring for contaminants in streams to categorizing the structure of galaxies. The report recommends that projects be designed with the audience in mind and in ways that are inclusive and that support diversity. The report also recommends areas for research in order to advance understanding and practice.

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English Learners in STEM Subjects: Transforming Classrooms, Schools, and Lives

EL-in-STEM coverLThis consensus study report from the Board on Science Education and the Board on Children, Youth, and Families calls for a shift in how science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects are taught to students in grades preK-12 who are learning English. The report recommends strategies for instruction in the classroom, requisite tools educators need, and ways for building capacity in schools and districts so that English learners have opportunities to develop proficiency in both STEM subjects and language.

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